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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AYAH

They had been happy, Ayah said, with the kind lady and her children.

Ayah and little Fay were in the nursery across the passage, where there was a fire.

Ayah might not be exactly beautiful, but she was harmonious.

Since the night of Ayah's departure there had not been such a scene.

To the right you may observe an Ayah spoiling some young Britons.

I do not see why you should not say that you had been his ayah, and had saved his life, and brought him up.

As I have told you, she was his ayah, and has behaved most nobly.

I was saved by the fidelity of an ayah, who had been in the family for ten years.

In that case, the ayah, the housemaid is of more consequence than you.

The first passengers to appear were two ladies, two children, and an ayah.

WORD ORIGIN

"native nurse, children's governess," Anglo-Indian, 1782, from Portuguese aia, cognate with Spanish aya, Italian aja, etc., "nurse," from Latin avia "grandmother," fem. of avus "grandfather" (see uncle).

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